I was raised to make my bed. I remember my parents asking me, “Did you make your bed?” And, as I’m sure most kids do, I said, “Yep!” Really hoping that they wouldn’t double check to make sure I wasn’t fibbing. 😉 Why did they want me to make my bed? I’m sure it was to instill in me the feeling of accomplishment as soon as I awake in the morning. I do the same thing as a parent. It worked for me as a child. I’m going to share with you the five reasons why I make my bed and how it helps me in my life and why I encourage my kids to make their beds.
1. I Feel Accomplished
I may not get around to cleaning my house, doing any laundry, running errands, or even stepping foot outside, but I really feel like I did something when I make my bed. Stepping back to and look at my bed and I think, “Ah, that looks so nice! I did that! I made that bed look nice!” Now, it may not seem like a big deal to most people, but for people with depression, knowing that you accomplished something can really give you a boost.
2. I Feel Motivated
I don’t know how many times I have made my bed that I actually feel like I can conquer the world. Those are the good days when I feel accomplished and usually think, “All right! Time to get busy! What else can I do?”
3. It Keeps Me Out of the Bed
There are days that I just want to stay in bed. Whether it’s a really low day or the depression is just really sinking its teeth in that day. I just don’t want to face anything. If I can just get up, and muster up the courage that is in me to fight the temptation to stay in that bed where I’m safe from all disappointments and make my bed, I feel like someone has just pushed me out of bed. And I can’t get back in.
4. I Remember to Pray or Meditate
Prayer is a big part of my life. I usually forget to pray in the morning if I don’t make my bed. I feel it necessary to connect with my Father in Heaven on a daily basis, to ask for guidance, plead for help, and pray for others. Meditation may be your way to connect with a higher power. Perhaps making your bed will help you feel like you are able to connect with a higher being like it does for me.
5. I Feel at Peace
Every time I walk into my bedroom to see my nice, neat, made bed, I feel peaceful. I have a place of refuge. I can sit on my bed and read a book, have a place to unwind if I need to get away from the loudness of our home and just relax for a bit. When I was a teenager, I usually did my homework on my bed when I got home. If my bed wasn’t made, I didn’t do much homework. I don’t know why that’s just what I did.
I hope this has motivated you to take a step to make your bed every day. It truly helps me get motivated, feel at peace and stay out of my bed.
Do you make your bed? Why or why not? Need more amazing reasons to make your bed? Here’s an article worth reading. Or, check out this inspiring video below.